Medical Imaging and Clinical Oncology
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Medical Imaging and Clinical Oncology


The Department of Medical Imaging and Clinical Oncology comprises the clinical divisions of Nuclear Medicine, Radiodiagnosis, Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics. Radiobiology also forms an indispensable part of the Department. The Division of Radiology is primarily involved in imaging examinations, e.g. computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but is also involved in therapeutic procedures, e.g. interventional radiology. Radiation Oncology is responsible for the treatment of cancers by means of radiation and chemotherapy. Nuclear Medicine performs both functional imaging (PET/CT, SPECT/CT) and non-imaging studies. Nuclear Medicine is also involved in the treatment of non-malignant conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, and the imaging and treatment (theranostics) of certain malignant conditions.  In addition to research and teaching, Radiobiology offers advice on the biological effects of radiation.

Core functions

  • Training, primarily of postgraduate students. Also involved in the training of medical students during their clinical years.
  • Research: All the divisions are involved in a variety of research projects that regularly lead to publications.
  • Nuclear Medicine, Medical Physics and Radiation Oncology are involved in the training of fellows from Africa through the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Main services

All the divisions are involved in service provision, research, and the training of students. The training includes the training of postgraduate and undergraduate medical students of Stellenbosch University and radiography students of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Medical physicists are trained in conjunction with the Faculty of Science.
Service provision is done for inpatients and outpatients of Tygerberg Hospital. Nuclear Medicine also offers services to patients who are referred from regional and secondary hospitals.